Daily Gospel Reflection for January 18, 2014



Today’s Gospel: Mark 2:13-17

As a healer herself, Blessed Christina Ciccarelli would have looked upon the “sinners and tax collectors” in much the same way as Jesus looked upon them: as a doctor and a healer.

Rather than impose further injury onto those who were already aware they were wounded, Jesus instead sought to lift their burdens, allowing for healing. He desired for them to be made whole again so that they could live out the lives God had meant for them.

Jesus said that his yoke was easy and his burden light. He sought to lift burdens of guilt and bring the soothing balm of healing to everyone he encountered.

How can I do the same?


Am I like Jesus? Am I like his servant, Blessed Christina? Do I lift burdens by keeping judgments to myself and instead, offer healing through my compassion and love? Do I take the time to understand the one who is burdened and may not even be aware of it?

How do I feel when I have done something wrong and I am surrounded by judgment? Don’t I tend to hide away my wounds, allowing them to fester, eating away at me inside?


Jesus, there are many around me with heavy burdens. Give me patience and compassion for them today, and help me to accept the help of those who would do the same for me.

Copyright 2014 Susan Bailey


About Author

Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.


  1. Thanks, Susan, for introducing me to a new heavenly friend.
    One of the reflections from a few days back has me working on gossiping; your words encourage me to keep at it.

  2. Such soul searching questions in your reflection today Susan… Thank you. It takes time and effort to think about someone’s state of heart and mind… Instead of just reacting to external circumstances…. So good to step back and loo deeper…. Often into our own hearts as well….

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